How Does Gerson Diet Work?
It is the corner stone of the Gerson Therapy. “The diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, extremely low in sodium and fats, and rich in fluids.”
The following is a typical daily Gerson diet for the patient on the full therapy regimen:
- Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
- Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, vegetable soup and juice.
- Fresh fruit and fresh fruit dessert available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.
“All medications used in connection with the Gerson Therapy are classed as biologicals, materials of organic origin that are supplied in therapeutic amounts.
- Potassium compound
- Lugol’s solution
- Vitamin B-12
- Thyroid hormone
- Injectable Crude Liver Extract
- Pancreatic Enzymes
- Enemas of coffee and/or chamomile
As part of the Gerson diet, patients are required to cleanse their body. “A very important part of the Gerson Therapy is frequent detoxification of the tissues and blood. This is accomplished through a variety of means, first and foremost through the use of coffee enemas.
“The scientific basis for the use of coffee enemas is well documented, and can be obtained from the Gerson Institute. Patients report that the enemas decrease pain and hasten healing. Biologically, enzyme systems of the gut wall and liver are stimulated, and bile flow is increased. This has been shown to enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxic residues from environmental, chemotherapeutic, and other sources.
“Tumor and other diseased tissue is also more rapidly eliminated as it is broken down. Other means of detoxification include castor oil, used as an additional stimulant of bile flow and as another way to enhance the liver’s ability to filter blood. In addition, digestive enzymes serve to enhance absorption of nutrients as well as assist in the elimination of damaged tissue.
To get the best result, the Gerson diet must be followed and not modified. “Patients must have a complete understanding of the Gerson Therapy so that they may effectively continue the regimen at home after leaving the treatment center. The following are examples of educational opportunities at a typical licensed Gerson facility:
- Gerson-trained physicians and/or educators present lectures and instruction on healing reactions and medication uses.
- Charlotte Gerson and/or other senior Gerson Institute staff members lecture on the theory and practice of the Gerson Therapy, scientific rationales and relevant research.
- Instruction and demonstration of two-piece, press-type juicers, such as the Norwalk Juicer.
- Videotapes of lectures by Charlotte Gerson, other Gerson Institute staff, and Gerson-trained physicians are available for viewing at any time.
- Regular, individualized consultation with your Gerson physician on the specifics of your condition and any necessary modifications to the treatment. During this time, any specific questions you have may be addressed.
~ soruce from http://gerson.org/GersonTherapy/gersontherapy.htm
Foods that Promote Cancers
- Avoid preservatives, salt, coloring, msg, fat, sugar, meat, white flour.
- All processed foods from canned, jarred, bottled, frozen, salted, refined, sulphured, smoked, pickled, irradiated, or microwaved.
- As part of the Gerson diet, only certified organic fruits and vegetables must be eaten, because they are free from agricultural poisons and are grown in healthy soil, which contains all the necessary vitamins, enzymes, minerals, trace elements and microorganisms that are needed for optimum health
Now a days, even organically cultivated soil does not contain the same level of useful minerals as it did 15 years ago, but the great amount of organic food and juices that a Gerson patient is given daily makes up for the deficiencies.
If you are on the Gerson diet, you must stop the usage of tobacco and alcohol, because they have harmful effects on the body. Also, salt and fats of all kinds except for flaxseed oil must be avoided.
Forbidden Foods and Nonfood Items
- All processed foods
- Avocados are rich in natural oil, which is fat
- Berries (except currants)
- Bicarbonate of soda in foods, toothpaste and gargle
- Bottled and canned commercial beverages (soft drinks)
- Cake, candy, chocolate and all kins of sweets (high sugar and fats: no nutritional value)
- Coffee for drinking (except as used in castor oil treatment)
- Cosmetics, hair dyes and permanents
- Cucumber ([poorly digested)
- Dried fruit (if sulphured or glazed with oil)
- Drinking water: surprisingly though it may sound, Gerson patients don’t drink water. There are two reasons for this. Patients intake on a daily basis 13 glasses of freshly made organic juices and fluid-rich soup, salads, and fruit that provide top quality nutritious liquid.
- Epsom salts
- Fats and oils (sole exception: flaxseed oil, as prescribed)
- Flour (white and wholemeal; also flour products such as pasta)
- Fluoride, in water and toothpaste
- Herbs (except permitted ones)
- Ice cream and sherbet (artificial flavors, sweeteners and cream)
- Legumes (only occasional use in latter art of therapy)
- Milk (also defatted or low fat)
- Mushrooms (fungi, not vegetables)
- Nuts (high in fats; wrong configuration of proteins)
- Orange and lemon rind (contains aromatic oils)
- Pineapple (high in aromatics)
- Salt and all salt substitutes
- Soy and all soy products (e.g., tofu, sou milk and flour)
- Spices (high in aromatics)
- Sugar (refined white)
- Tea (black and green if caffeinated; black tea is high in natural fluoride)
What About Soy?
Gerson diet does not allow soy and all soy products because soy is high in oil and contains at least 30 allergy causing proteins which can cause severe damage to susceptible individuals.
Soy contains phytic acid which blocks the uptake of important minerals; enzymes inhibitors, which annul the healing power of the vital oxidizing enzymes containing in juices and a clot promoting substance, causing red blood cells to clump together.
Home Grown Foods
Gerson diet does not recommend sprouted seeds and wheat grass juice. They are forbidden foods by Gerson patients. The experience have shown harmful side effects from their institute.
Sprouts were eaten in large amounts by 2 Gerson patients at their hospital instead of eating salads at lunch and dinner. Within a short time, both developed recurrences of their primary diseases. (i.e., lupus and cervical cancer) after being symptom free for months. Other lupus patients getting spouts from the hospital kitchen in their salads in juices, stopped responding to the treatment and even got worse.
Shortly afterwards, researchers discovered that sprouts contain immature proteins called L-canavanine, which suppress the immune system. At the Gerson hospital, sprouts were immediately banned and earlier problems disappeared at once.